BIR Oncology & Radiotherapy

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We regret that due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation all educational events organised by our SIGs that were due to take place between 16 March and 10 September 2020 will be postponed until autumn 2020. Revised dates will be made available shortly. Check the Education and events page for further updates.


The overall aim of the Oncology and Radiotherapy Special Interest Group is to promote and facilitate teaching and research in clinical oncology and related professions. The strength of the multidisciplinary ethos is seen in the scientific meetings organised which contribute to the educational needs of a diverse workforce, from trainees to qualified experienced personnel. Within the BIR the group advises the Council on matters relating to radiotherapy and oncology and responds and advises on documents from other bodies.

Everyone is welcome to join the BIR Oncology and Radiotherapy SIG including clinicians, physicists, radiographers, dosimetrists and oncology nurses. Simply join online here.

Management group members   -  brief bios


Latest SIG News  - February  2020

The SIG had the first meeting of the year on 7 February 2020. Stepping into the role of Chair of the SIG is Dr Mike Kirby, a Radiotherapy Physics lecturer at the University of Liverpool and a priest in the Church of England.  Many thanks to Nikki Blackler, who had stood down as Chair but would remain part of the management group.

Main items to note:

  • The SIG is also contributing towards educational content at the BIR Annual Congress 2020 on Day two (6 November). The stream title isNew advances in proton therapy(led by Andrew Poynter) andOncology(led by Christina Messiou and Dow-Mu Koh, Royal Marsden).
  • BJR 'Proton Therapy' special feature – read and share it now! BJR has just published its March issue dedicated entirely to proton therapy. The renowned Guest Editors and authors are all leading international experts. Not to be missed!
  • The Sharing Platform had launched towards the end of 2019 and was proving to be very popular with members. Over 220 resources are now available, including guidance documents, case studies, job descriptions and posters.
  • The first video course on radiation safety will launch soon – watch out for this new and innovative learning resource.



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